It’s been almost 3 months, which seems hard to believe, but this is a more historical account from McGinnis Slough for birds seen on September 19th, when the slough looked more like a marsh at best. Yet there was more bird activity and a couple less common sightings.
It started off inauspiciously with a European Starling.
But at some point I found a Northern Waterthrush, which is a warbler species I haven’t seen in a long time. They aren’t particularly rare but they don’t travel around in warbler flocks and are often close to water and the ground.
One of my first White-throated Sparrows of the season was in the grass.
Perhaps the bird of the day as far as offering itself up for photographs was Palm Warbler.
Among the land birds was this Swainson’s Thrush.
The Double-Crested Cormorant below gave me several expressions of its flight pattern.
More views of the faded-looking Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly at the top of the post.
I never know exactly where I can expect to see a Great Blue Heron here but I practically always do.
More flying birds to capture – a Great Egret and, of all things, a Blue Jay or two, which don’t normally make themselves so available.
Two warblers – a Nashville and then below, a female Common Yellowthroat.
I saw Gray Catbirds at this location more than once.
The light played interesting tricks on these two Wood Ducks flying through the marsh.
The rose mallow flowers seemed late and sparse but they prevailed.
A Yellow-rumped Warbler blending in below.
More flying birds. Cedar Waxwings directly below, and below them, the inevitable Canada Geese.
A couple views of the parched-looking slough.
And a closer-cropped view of the Great Egret seen in the flight sequence above, after it landed.
I have been seeing some amazing birds all week which has kept me more than busy. Even though migration has slowed down, there are still birds to be seen. I will be back as soon as possible with more recent sightings.